Pete's Percussion Podcast: Episode 22 - Charles Smotherson

St. Louis-based drumset artist (and Pete’s former Music Major) Charles Smotherson talks about his work schedule today (2:10), growing up in STL and KC and within the church (13:50), close calls and tough lessons in middle school and high school (38:25), when he started to figure it out to become a better player (50:20), recollections of their mutual time together at Lincoln (59:50), being a drum major at Lincoln (01:03:20), a scary traffic accident (01:09:40), reminiscing about his senior recital (01:19:40), beginnings of his teaching career (01:27:00), teaching while getting his certification (01:35:10), job changes (01:44:40), and ending his public school teaching career to begin his drumset career (01:53:00).  Then, time for some Random-ass Questions (02:17:30).

Closing with a Rave of videos, books and movies about Martin Luther King, Jr. (02:34:05).


Charles Smotherson's lesson page

Charles Smotherson's YouTube page

Delta Sol Revival

John P. Kee

Calvin Rodgers

Rhonda Harper

R.J. Kelly

Colts DCI

Mark Harris

"Of Thoughts and Thinking" - Antonio C. Lymon

"Dream of the Cherry Blossoms" - Keiko Abe

"Estudio No. 1" - Murray Houliff

"Elephant Walk" - Jon Metzger

Walk Hard trailer

Drumline trailer

Drumline: A New Beat trailer

"Mustang Sally" - WIlson Pickett

"Freebird" - Lynyrd Skynryd

"Wake Me Up" - Dirty Loops (cover of Avicii)


10 Other Things MLK Said

Selma trailer

Citizen King

The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Children - David Halberstam

I May Not Get There With You - Michael Eric Dyson